Category Archives: Easter

A Month of Easter: The Stage for What’s to Come

With Pentecost not coming until June 4, May brings us a month of Easter.  Tracing the movement of our Lord and his followers through Holy Week always opens us to the Spirit’s inspiration.

And we come away with so many memories as well – an archway of palms for procession; everything solemnly being removed from the chancel; the large cross laid across the steps and the slowly dimming light; entering that darkened place with handheld candles and then celebrating the baptism of our newest little sister; brass, timpani and joyful anthems for Easter Sunday. What a week!

Many folk have asked me about the busiest season being over, as in, “now what do you do?” Frankly, now we enter a different “busy.”  There are graduations for some of our youth and the end of school for all.

Here at the church our summer intern arrives, and there’s the golf tournament for youth scholarships and fun. We will observe Prayer around the Cross once again and hold another Inquirers’ Class.

But May serves as a staging month for what’s coming. Vacation Bible School, with all of the singing, learning, crafts, games and fun arrives in June.  We need to get ready! We are already looking to August and our Health and Safety Fair.

The staff has already begun planning for 2017-18. We also will be firing up some task groups for planning adult learning opportunities and our stewardship emphasis. And, finally, we will be looking toward the fall as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October.

Before we pat ourselves on the back for being so busy, remember May is a month of Easter. Undergirding all that we do, inspiring all that we are and hope to be is the reality that God has raised our Lord, Jesus the Christ, from death to life for all the world. Sure, we are busy. But this is May…Easter – a time to ponder God’s blessed gift for us. A time for shouting an age-old greeting:

“Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

Shrove Tuesday – February 28th

The Feast Before the Fast – 6pm in the Parish Hall

This day before the disciplines of Lent begin is a traditional day of feasting. On Mardi Gras at PoP, we’ll continue our traditional way of marking this feast time by serving pancakes and everything you might imagine would accompany such a meal.

The feast begins at 6pm – don’t forget the children will also be burying their Alleluia banner as a part of the celebration and will wait to “resurrect” it on Easter Sunday. All proceeds over the cost of this event go to the Discretionary Fund to help friends in need inside and outside the congregation.


Sign up for dinner below (you may also RSVP via Sunday’s attendance cards or call 727.585.9969).

Plants for Easter Sunday

EasterLilyPurchase a plant and make a designation

If you wish to provide plants for the chancel and the Narthex, sign the chart on the Narthex counter. Plants for Easter Sunday are $12 each. Designations (in honor or memory of…) may also be made. Contact Evelyn in the Church Office to make your purchase today! Info: evelyn@poplargo.org OR 727.585.9969.


Easter flower delivery to the homebound
March 28th | 10am-12pm

With the season of Easter upon us, we are now preparing for the delivery of flowers to the homebound members of our congregation. To assist in flower delivery to our homebound members, contact Ron Press at 727.501.6109

EGGStravaganza!

March 26th, 2016 | 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon. Toddlers and children will enjoy egg hunts (in age-appropriate groups), games & fun!

Boy & Bubbles

Hunters should bring a basket to collect their eggs! Don’t forget to invite neighbors and friends. Help make our annual egg hunt a success – donate eggs, individually wrapped (non-chocolate) candy, and prizes. Contact Angie Pryor: 727.768.9961 or angiepryor@rocketmail.com.

Let us know you’re coming…RSVP today!

Easter: From Creation to Re-creation

It slips up on us each year. “You mean Christmas is only 2 weeks away?” we ask, incredulous that time has passed so quickly. We say the same about the new year, a graduation, a birthday – especially the ones where a child now looks us in the eye or down at us.

Holy Week and Easter come unexpectedly, too. And when they are packed into the windy month of March, they are particularly surprising. We are pondering forgiveness during Lent, as we recall that the God who is “gracious and merciful” has made our forgiveness indelible through the cross of Christ Jesus. That divine and precious work opens the floodgates for us to have life anew. By the cross God inspires in us a willingness to bend our knees in service to others, all so our loving Lord is glorified and honored.

Holy Week & Easter Worship
View the full worship schedule here…

Sunday of the Passion, March 20th @ 8:45am & 11am | From a joyous procession with palms, our worship moves to the passion story of our Lord. Breakfast is served at 10am.
Holy Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (March 21-23) follows with Quiet Holy Communion at noon each day: a spoken service of Holy Communion with prayer, scripture reading, and brief meditation.
Maundy Thursday, March 24th @ 7:30pm | Maundy Thursday begins what is known in the Church Year as the Triduum – The Three Days. Holy Communion with the stripping of the altar.
Good Friday, March 25th at Noon & 7:30pm | Noon | Reading of the Passion Noon: is the hour of our Lord’s crucifixion. We gather for brief prayer, song and meditation upon the passion account according to John. 7:30PM | Solemn Service of Tenebrae: After prayer, song and a sobering word from the prophet Isaiah, we hear the very traditional account from John recalling our Lord’s suffering and death for our sin and the sin of all the world. With each passage, we sing a refrain and pray while candles are extinguished, until the sanctuary is dark. Only votive candles cast light upon a large cross laid in the chancel.
The Great Vigil of Easter, March 26th @ 7:30pm | We gather by a fire outdoors, waiting to hear the stories of God’s creative, saving work. After lighting the new Paschal Candle, we move into a darkened sanctuary to ponder the story of our salvation: God’s mighty work in our Lord’s incarnation, passion, death and resurrection.
The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Day, March 27th | 8:45am & 11:00am | A blessed festival day! Festival choirs with brass, timpani, violin & bells. A glorious procession with cross, banner & torches. Jesus has been raised from the grave that we might fear death no more. Our Lord gives new life now!

Holy Week – from Palm/Passion Sunday through each blessed day – we hear the story through which we all are saved. It is a busy season and a full week.  Schools are even on spring break. But let us all carve out, set aside these special days and evenings to experience the goodness of God at work, from creation to re-creation. Bring friends to share in the mystery, power and joy of these holy days!

– Pr. Joe

Preschool Egg Hunt

PreschoolLogo960PoP Preschool Egg Hunt at Highland Recreation Center | March 19th, 4pm-8pm

Eggs_PreschoolThe City of Largo is holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt! We are asking church members and school families to donate plastic eggs or candy to fill the eggs for this event. The City is asking that we provide 500 filled eggs.

Prince of Peace Preschool is hoping to spread some Easter cheer and to encourage new families to attend our church and school. Please contact our preschool director, Kelly Mende: 727.585.9790 or kmende@poplargo.org.

Celebrate the King! On Easter 2015

There will never be a greater love than the love God shared with us through the death, burial and resurrection of His son, Jesus. This love gives us hope in living, healing, loving and restoration from brokenness. Beyond our human weaknesses, we are able to experience an abundance of life through Christ Jesus. During our season of preparation, Lent, we experienced “being present to God” through prayer – experiences that will inspire us well into Easter and the days ahead.

The Lord’s salvation is an experience beyond a season or period of time. what God has given up for us is eternal – there is no date or time period attached. As our turning aside comes to an end, let us remain intentional in our prayers and everyday living – always praising the Giver of life.

Find out more about Holy Week and Easter worship in 2015.